Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lindsay Havern to Ken Marschner

The wedding of Lindsay Havern and Ken Marschner was a beautiful experience. Its romantic tenor was coupled with the celebration of family and life, and the masterful skill of John Riedy Photography captured the spirit of a couple, and their families, closely united.

Lindsay began her day enjoying the time-honored tradition of bridal preparation with an air of ease and grace.

Gorgeous personal florals were created in warm fall colors, setting the tone for a celebration rich with seasonal beauty.

(A young ladies pretty pink purse is always appropriate, no matter the season!)
While last-minute preparations were being made for the day's festivities, Lindsay and Ken each sat for portraits that are iconic in essence...

...and fashion-forward in style.

The ceremony alter was adorned with the floral of the day...

...and guests were greeted with stunning programs that mirrored the autumnal environment.

As the ceremony began, the bride's precious nieces escorted her down the aisle...
...and stopped for hugs from "Kenny Ken."
Nuptials poignant and loving.

A marriage rejoiced.

Escort cards shared the same delicious design as the programs.

Guests passed along their best wishes on a bottle of the couple's favorite champagne.

Dinner tables were graced with elegant centerpieces and cards displaying an original work of art created by a friend of the bride. Cards shared the news of a donation made to a non-profit organization as each guest's favor.

Lindsay, Ken, and their guests toasted and celebrated their marriage and the joy of being together as a family.

Lindsay and Ken's mothers, beaming with pride, were pure elegance. Ken and his buddies were pure fun.

Ken and Lindsay...pure passion.
Floral Design: Sharrie Woods
Linens and chair covers: Concepts Event Design
Officiant: Randy Hill
Entertainment: Vintage Strings
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Manhattan
Makeup artistry: Make-Up-Artistry by Gale

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving!

(Pardon me? It's already the end of November?)

Hard to believe that it's time for the holidays ~ to plan meals, create shopping lists, decorate, put a lamp shade on your head ... you get the point (I had to read through last year's Thanksgiving post to make sure a year had truly passed ... phew!)

Mia and I are very fortunate ~ we've had plenty to give thanks for in 2008, and many times there was a "feast" created around that which we were celebrating (and now we're regulars at the gym). But not every feast was just of the culinary sort. There were feasts of fun, creativity, and self-expression. Feasts of hard work. Feasts of thanks.

We kicked off this year's event season with an appreciation dinner (following our photo shoot) for the Red Letter Days family that was absolutely delightful!

Parkhouse Eatery played host to an evening of great conversation, fabulous food, and yummy wine.

Dear friends Dawn Stone (owner of Embellishmint Floral and Event Design Studio) and Haydee Alderete (owner of Concepts Event Design) contributed floral and linen to create a feast table to remember.

Our buddy Cary Pennington captured the beauty and warmth of our evening with his photographic stylings.

This was an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and be celebrated. A feast we still remember fondly!

And there's the dessert feast table we created for San Diego Style Weddings Magazine 2008-2009 (page 321) at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, captured by San Diego Wedding Candids. "Sweet Black Cherries" is what we dubbed it, and it was a collaborative effort with floral guru Lisa Whitebread (owner of Designworks) and pastry chef Amy O'Hara.

With custom place mats, funky place settings and glassware, and an array of the unusual, we set out to make mouths water (as any feast should!) and honor the non-traditional.

Celebration is our business and it's what we're passionate about ... any time of year. We invite you this Thanksgiving to feast on love, friendship, community, and kindness. Drink to memories and new possibilities. Share your gifts and talents. Contribute to the meal creatively.
Thank you for your support this year. We appreciate you!
Gobble Gobble,
Bek and Mia

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Andrea Davis to Scott Morinoue

From the get go, Andrea Davis and Scott Morinoue set out to create a wedding that celebrated what they value most: each other, their family and friends, self-expression, and creativity. The photography of Jay Reilly Weddings captured the beauty of the couple and the warmth of their special day, and we're very excited to share it with you.

(Update: Red Letter Days Events is very excited to have Andrea and Scott's wedding featured this month on Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog!)

Andrea and Scott chose to see each other before the ceremony. It was a privilege to witness their reflective anticipation only moments before the big reveal.

Setting their day in an urban environment spoke most to Andrea and Scott, and served as the perfect backdrop for the couple's portraits.

The couple's contemporary personal florals complimented the clean look of their attire and really spoke to both of their personalities.

Andrea and Scott took a few moments to themselves...

...before Andrea's father proudly escorted her down the aisle.

The rooftops of downtown San Diego framed the magic of their ceremony.

A pause as Mr. and Mrs. before the party began.

To honor the Asian-inspired twist that Andrea and Scott sought for their celebration, the escort card table was adorned with floral sushi and other accoutrement.

Pretty enough to eat.

Dinner tables were named after locations of significance to the couple.

Bamboo centerpieces strung with votives and screens upshot with lighting brought warmth and play to all levels of the room.

Black, white, and wasabi green were the colors of the day.

And as a focal point that brought all theme, color, and personality together...the cake.

Andrea and Scott cherished every moment of their wedding...

...with laughter...

...and friendship.

And music, an essential element to Andrea and Scott's day...

...kept Crystal Pier rockin' all night.

They're Scott and Andrea Morinoue.

And they're in love.

Photography: Jay Reilly Weddings
Cake/catering: Manchester Grand Hyatt
Linens/chair covers/lighting: Concepts Event Design
Ceremony chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Bridal salon: M Bride
Gown designer: Angel Sanchez
Hair styling and makeup artistry: Gila Rut